Police in Brest on the north-west tip of Brittany made an odd and malodorous discovery when they entered a house containing at least 85 animals, including two rare wolfdogs.

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Mini-zoo uncovered after wolfdog bites

Police in Brest on the north-west tip of Brittany made an odd and malodorous discovery when they entered a house containing at least 85 animals, including two rare wolfdogs.

Mini-zoo uncovered after wolfdog bites
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The woman had gone to hospital after being bitten by one of the wolves. While there, she asked for someone to visit her home to feed her animals. The visitor was so alarmed by what she found that she immediately called police.

The house, reported to be in a deplorable state with animal faeces everywhere, contained at least three dogs, eleven cats, canaries, parrots, doves and a ferret. Several animals escaped when police entered the building.

Their most surprising discovery were the two Czechoslovakian wolfdogs, a protected species, which had to be carefully herded into cages.  

The woman was known to authorities after a similar discovery of animals was made several years ago. Her identity was even made known to local sanctuaries in the region to prevent her building up another mini-zoo, but she was able to get round the restrictions by finding the animals online.

Neighbours told local newspaper Le Télégramme they weren’t particulary surprised by the discovery.

“When you see how the garden and the outside of the house look, really overgrown, then it’s not so surprising,” said one.

“It was impossible to go on our outside terrace this summer because of the horrible smells,” said another.

All the animals have been taken away to a local refuge. A spokesman said some were “thin” and that the animals needed to be “re-socialized.”

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Paris authorities to shut down bird market over cruelty concerns

The Paris city council on Wednesday agreed to shut down a live bird market operating in the historic centre close to Notre Dame cathedral, responding to rights activists who called it a cruel and archaic operation.

Paris authorities to shut down bird market over cruelty concerns
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The bird market on Louis Lepine square in the centre of the French capital has long been a fixture in Paris, operating close to the famous flower market.

But Christophe Najdovski, Paris' deputy mayor in charge of animal welfare, said that the market was a centre for bird trafficking in France while conditions for the birds were not acceptable.

“This is why we are committed to changing the regulations to ban the sale of birds and other animals,” he said.

The closure had been urged by activists from the Paris Animals Zoopolis collective who had called the practice of showing the caged birds “cruel and archaic”.

France and Paris have in the last months adopted a series of measures aiming to show they are at the forefront of efforts to protect animal welfare.

The government said in September it planned to “gradually” ban mink farms as well the use of wild animals in travelling circuses and dolphins and orcas in theme parks.

Parc Asterix, which normally has some two million visitors a year, announced last month it would close its dolphin and sea lion aquarium.

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